Turning Or Steering Patents (Class 340/465)
  • Patent number: 10528060
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing the steering and throttle of a radio-controlled (RC) vehicle are described herein. More specifically, sensors and circuitry are configured to control the wheel speed and wheel direction of a RC vehicle based on rotational information. In operation, one or more sensors may be configured to receive angular rotational information associated with a rotation of the RC vehicle. The rotational information may define a rotation of the RC vehicle around one or more axes of the RC vehicle. The circuitry may be configured to receive the angular rotation information associated with the rotation of the RC vehicle from the one or more sensors, and control a wheel speed and/or a wheel direction of at least one wheel of the RC vehicle based at least in part on (i) command data received from a controller associated with the RC vehicle and (ii) the received angular rotation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Jukka Steenari, John Adams
  • Patent number: 10467868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic apparatus for providing a tactile sensation and, more particularly, to a magnetic apparatus for providing a user with tactile information, by means of changes in viscosity, rigidity and elasticity due to a magnetic field, by using a magnetorheological fluid or a magnetorheological elastiomer. A magnetic apparatus for providing a tactile sensation comprises a tactile sensation provider 110 having magnetic particles 101, wherein the tactile sensation provider 110 provides a user with tactile information by means of a change due to an external magnetic field that has been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CK MATERIALS LAB CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seoung Hun Do, Hyeong Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 10453346
    Abstract: A system including a computer for a vehicle is programmed to identify the vehicle as a lead vehicle in a platoon of three or more vehicles, and to identify one of the vehicles in the platoon as a caboose vehicle. The computer is programmed to deactivate a rear light of the lead vehicle, and to instruct activation of a rear light of the caboose vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia M. Neubecker, Somak Datta Gupta, Brad Alan Ignaczak, Pramita Mitra, Jayanthi Rao, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 10309608
    Abstract: The invention concerns a signaling device adapted to display pictograms, notably for a motor vehicle. The device is configured to implement at least one signaling function of a motor vehicle. The device includes display means including a display zone intended to be disposed on the vehicle, the display means being adapted to display pictograms in the display zone, each pictogram emitting a light beam having at least in part the statutory photometric characteristics of at least one of said at least one signaling functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Pierre Albou, Loic Boinet, Boubacar Sagna, Xavier Morel, Hafid El Idrissi, Stephan Sommerschuh
  • Patent number: 10245937
    Abstract: The present invention is an electric mobility vehicle such as a powered knee walker, scooter, bicycle and a multi-passenger vehicle comprising a unique steering column assembly capable of being manually steered also autonomously steered by means of steering actuators. The vehicle user can select a manual drive mode option to operate the vehicle physically or the user can select an autonomous drive mode each mode allows the vehicle to operate more efficiently both indoors and outdoors. The vehicle is configured with a platform for standing, sitting and leaning, and the framework is configured with a front and rear drive system, the front drive system incorporates the steering column and one or more steering actuator which control front and rear propulsion systems. The propulsion includes; a DC powered truck module, a fork module, or a cantilever module, and each respectively comprise a drive motor, brake, sensor and accelerometers for self-balancing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Carla R Gillett
  • Patent number: 10220765
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle comprises a mechanism for sensing a braking of the vehicle and a control device for sending a signal to a headlight activation circuit to modulate the vehicle's headlights based upon the braking of the vehicle. In particular, a headlight of the vehicle is able to be modulated based upon an application of one or both of a front brake and a rear brake. The headlight activation circuit is able to modulate the headlight between an on position and an off position or modulate the headlight between a high beam position and a low beam position. Consequently, the vehicle is better seen as it approaches likely congestion areas such as intersections and slowing or stopped traffic and attempts to enter traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Fritz Braunberger
  • Patent number: 10173586
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for activating turn indicators of a motor vehicle. The disclosed methods includes determining a traffic condition of the motor vehicle using an external sensor of the motor vehicle. Responsive to determining that the traffic condition of the motor vehicle is suitable for changing a direction of the motor vehicle, a change in driver behavior is detected using a driver sensor of the motor vehicle. A target direction of the motor vehicle is determined based on the traffic condition of the motor vehicle and on the determined change in driver behavior, and a turn indicator of the motor vehicle is activated accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Stanislav D Kashchenko
  • Patent number: 9884583
    Abstract: A method for operating a signal system, in particular for a vehicle, a gaze direction of a user being monitored by way of at least one first sensor, a warning signal being outputted depending on the gaze direction detected. Provision is made that by way of at least one second sensor, an environment of the user is monitored for possible target objects, the detected gaze direction of the user being compared with the environment. When the gaze direction of the user points toward one of the possible target objects, that target object is designated as a selected target object and, depending on a triggering command of the user, the warning signal is outputted into the environment for the selected target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Hoang Trinh
  • Patent number: 9868385
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle comprises a mechanism for sensing a braking of the vehicle and a control device for sending a signal to a headlight activation circuit to modulate the vehicle's headlights based upon the braking of the vehicle. In particular, a headlight of the vehicle is able to be modulated based upon an application of one or both of a front brake and a rear brake. The headlight activation circuit is able to modulate the headlight between an on position and an off position or modulate the headlight between a high beam position and a low beam position. Consequently, the vehicle is better seen as it approaches likely congestion areas such as intersections and slowing or stopped traffic and attempts to enter traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Vision Works IP
    Inventor: Fritz Braunberger
  • Patent number: 9758098
    Abstract: A vehicle periphery monitoring device comprises: an in-region object detecting unit which detects an in-region object present in contact determination regions on the basis of a photographic image from a camera per prescribed control cycle; and a warning control unit which performs warning control processing to give warning of a detected in-region object when an in-region object was not detected in the last control cycle, but the in-region object was detected in the present control cycle, and to restrain warning of a new in-region object when an in-region object was detected in the last control cycle and the new in-region object different from the in-region object detected in the last control cycle has been detected in the present control cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Aimura, Kodai Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9626871
    Abstract: A leading vehicle group 1 transmits divided data 71 and 72 obtained by dividing vehicle information 7. Data transfer vehicle groups 2 and 3 transfer the divided data 71 and 72 to a data composite vehicle group 4 and to following vehicle groups 5 and 6. The data composite vehicle group 4 transfers composite data 73 obtained by XORing the divided data 71 and 72 to the following vehicle groups 5 and 6. The following vehicle group 5 XORs the divided data 71 received from the data transfer vehicle group 2 with the composite data 73 received from the data composite vehicle group 4 to restore the unreceived divided data 72.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takatoshi Tosa, Yuji Hamada, Shinji Akatsu
  • Patent number: 9616809
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that include a driver status monitor having at least one of an infrared sensor and a camera configured to sense facial feature data associated with an operator of a subject vehicle and an electronic control module that receives the facial feature data and determines that the operator has looked at one of a side mirror and a rear-view mirror and that the operator has looked at a blind spot of the subject vehicle within a predetermined time period. A controller in communication with the driver status monitor activates a turn signal system having at least one turn signal in response to the driver status monitor determining that the operator has looked at one of the side mirror, rear-view mirror, and the blind spot of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: Denso International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bilal Alasry
  • Patent number: 9529361
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for managing failure in an autonomous navigation system are provided. The method includes collecting, by a controller, failure information in the autonomous navigation system and a monitoring a driver condition. The controller is configured to collect the failure information in the autonomous navigation system, and determine whether to switch control from the autonomous navigation vehicle to a manual driving mode based on the driver condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Byung Yong You, Young Chul Oh
  • Patent number: 9517719
    Abstract: A method for automatic direction indication for a vehicle includes the following steps: detecting a driver activity and/or a vehicle position by a Lane Keeping System and/or a Lane Departure Warning System; and automatically activating or deactivating a direction indicator of the vehicle dependent on the detected driver activity or vehicle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignees: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG, Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Lueke, Matthias Happ
  • Patent number: 9320977
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing the steering and throttle of a radio-controlled (RC) vehicle are described herein. More specifically, sensors and circuitry are configured to control the wheel speed and wheel direction of a RC vehicle based on rotational information. In operation, one or more sensors may be configured to receive angular rotational information associated with a rotation of the RC vehicle. The rotational information may define a rotation of the RC vehicle around one or more axes of the RC vehicle. The circuitry may be configured to receive the angular rotation information associated with the rotation of the RC vehicle from the one or more sensors, and control a wheel speed and/or a wheel direction of at least one wheel of the RC vehicle based at least in part on (i) command data received from a controller associated with the RC vehicle and (ii) the received angular rotation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Jukka Steenari, John Adams
  • Patent number: 9002580
    Abstract: A system and a method for controlling an electrically-powered steering apparatus of a vehicle may include a selection switch adapted to select any of a plurality of steering modes, a control switch adapted to change a current for controlling the steering force, a control portion adapted to determine the current according to a signal received from at least one of the selection switch and the control switch and to transmit a control signal according to the determined current, and a drive portion adapted to control the steering force according to the control signal received from the control portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Nam Young Kim, Yoon Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8994524
    Abstract: An indication unit for vehicles is suggested, which comprises at least one LED and at least one electrical circuit in a housing. The indication unit is connected to a first control, which is arranged in the vehicle, and connected to an LED driver circuit. A second control circuit, which is arranged in or on the housing of the indication unit, operates the LED with pulse-width modulated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Daniel Fritz, Soenke Goldschmidt
  • Publication number: 20150070161
    Abstract: In a turning direction indicator, a first determination section determines whether a steering angle becomes equal to or larger than a first angle in one turning direction after the steering angle becomes a rotation angle in another turning direction opposite to the one turning direction in a state where an indication operation section is operated to a position indicating the one turning direction and the one turning direction is displayed by a display section. A second determination section determines whether the steering angle becomes equal to or smaller than a second angle smaller than the first angle after the steering angle becomes equal to or larger than the first angle. If the second determination section determines that the steering angle is equal to or smaller than the second angle, a cancelation section cancels the display of the turning direction by the display section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki MIZUNO, Hidehiro AKAHORI
  • Patent number: 8941482
    Abstract: A turn indicator system determines when a moving vehicle has completed a turn and automatically turns off a turn indicator light. The system includes turn indicator lights, an accelerometer, and a processor. The accelerometer can sense acceleration in two-axis or three-axis. The processor is configured to receive the sensed accelerometer data and to determine when a vehicle has completed a turn based on the received accelerometer data. In response to determining that a turn is completed, the processor signals the appropriate turn indicator light to turn off. The turn indicator system can be implemented in a single-track vehicle, such as a bicycle or a motorcycle, or in a multi-track vehicle, such as an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: BenJoaquin Tomas Gouverneur
  • Patent number: 8930083
    Abstract: An electric power steering system is provided. It comprises a steering assist assembly and a motor assembly that actuates the steering assist assembly. A control module that provides steering assist commands to the motor assembly, the control module including a circuit board having a first portion having circuits thereon and a second portion that includes at least one sensor circuit that receives signals from at least one sensor subsystem. A potting material coats only the first portion of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Gillman, John R. Hoffman, Brian T. Murray, Wayne B. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140354422
    Abstract: A system for detecting vehicle deceleration having an accelerometer, a processing arrangement, and a deceleration indicator. The processing unit samples data from the accelerometer, and based on that data, determines if the vehicle is braking or otherwise decelerating. If the vehicle is braking or otherwise decelerating in excess of a threshold, the deceleration indicator is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Kinetech LLC
    Inventors: Mark Olson, Larry D. O'Cull
  • Patent number: 8902084
    Abstract: A switch assembly is disclosed having a switch with an actuator moveable from an armed position to a disarmed position. A housing is attached to the switch and contains a cam that holds the switch actuator in the armed position. A trigger makes contact with the cam causing it to rotate within the housing and allowing the actuator to extend to move to a disarmed position. In some variants the cam can be shaped to prevent manual rotation against the bias force of the actuator in the disarmed position. The switch assembly can be positioned on an aircraft landing gear to detect an over-steer occurrence where the landing gear may become damaged. The state of the switch can be visibly or audibly indicated by an indicator in the aircraft cockpit or other location visible/audible to the ground operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Messier-Dowty Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Ataman
  • Patent number: 8830044
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driving support device that is capable of realizing driving support in consideration of a risk potential determination tendency of a driver. The driving support device is a device that estimates a risk potential that is a degree of a risk with respect to a risk target in driving of a vehicle and performs a driving support for a driver of the vehicle on the basis of the estimated risk potential, and includes: a risk potential bias setting unit that sets a risk potential bias that is a value for changing the risk potential on the basis of a risk potential determination tendency of the driver; and a risk potential estimating unit that changes the risk potential on the basis of the risk potential bias set by the risk potential bias setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 8816840
    Abstract: A wireless, removable vehicle signaling control and illumination apparatus for use on antique vehicles lacking original equipment vehicle signaling devices. The system utilizes a miniature digital radio transceiver inside a lamp housing to provide wireless control of the lamp. This signaling system provides a previously unavailable removable automotive signaling solution for antique vehicle owners who want improved illumination and safety features of modern automotive lighting while leaving the vehicle in “original” and “unmodified” condition, which is of such value to antique vehicle owners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Classic Safety Products, LLC
    Inventor: John Samuel Peterson
  • Patent number: 8791835
    Abstract: Methods for road safety enhancement use mobile communication device (MCD) onboard vehicle to share traveling data through inter-vehicle communication broadcasting, perform road hazard warning, enhance road navigation, and provide autonomous road assistance. The methods have a variety of vehicle status data, such as moving data, steering data, or indicator data, obtained through GPS or image capturing and recognition of instrument cluster of vehicle. The image capturing and recognition allows to get speed data from indication of speedometer, indication of left or right turn signal, steering action data corresponding to steering wheel rotation, and light-on indication of system status indicators. To facilitate that, the MCD may be placed in front of steering wheel, and, if applicable, also in coupling with movement of steering wheel. The MCD may perform relative positioning map-matching lane correlation and GPS-update-interval speed positioning to improve data quality regarding vehicle moving status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 8742906
    Abstract: An output adjustment ECU includes: a request reception section for receiving an output request of alarm information to a driver from a drive assist ECU; a usefulness determination section for, when the request reception section receives the output request, determining whether or not outputting first alarm information that is the alarm information of which the output request is received is useful for the driver; a content modification section for, when the usefulness determination section determines that the outputting is not useful, modifying a content of the first alarm information to generate second alarm information that is alarm information useful for the driver; and an output execution section for outputting the first alarm information when the usefulness determination section determines that the outputting is useful, and outputting the second alarm information when the usefulness determination section determines that the outputting is not useful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 8736208
    Abstract: When one of six FETs has short-circuit faulted, a controllable region identification unit stops driving of an electric motor, and then performs processes for determining whether a short-circuit fault has occurred, and when a short-circuit fault has occurred, for identifying the position of the FET that has short-circuit faulted based on phase voltages (induced voltages) VU, VV, and VW of phases. When the position of the FET that has short-circuit faulted is identified, the controllable region identification unit performs a controllable region identification process. In detail, the controllable region identification unit identifies a “possible region,” an “indeterminate region,” and a “impossible region” based on phase voltages VU, VV, and VW of the phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Jtekt Corporation
    Inventors: Shigekazu Okumura, Fumihiko Satou, Hiroshi Sumasu
  • Publication number: 20140118132
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle comprises a mechanism for sensing a motion status of a vehicle, a control device, plurality of data acquisition sensors, and one or more alerting device activation circuits. The communication system is customizable with the plurality of data acquisition sensors and one or more alerting device activation circuits based upon the needs of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the communication system is customized before it is installed within the vehicle. Alternatively, in some embodiments, the communication system is customizable after it is installed within the vehicle by turning on and/or turning off one or more of the data acquisition sensors and one or more alerting device activation circuits. The communication system is able to be implemented on a bus or other such fleet vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventors: Fritz Braunberger, Beau M. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8710975
    Abstract: In an automated method for providing an indication, with the aid of a turn signal indicator, that a vehicle is leaving a parking space, a vehicle control system detects initially whether an executed driving maneuver is a maneuver related to leaving a parking space, in which case the maneuvering out of a parking space is indicated by activating the turn signal indicator, and the turn signal indicator is kept activated until the process of maneuvering out of the parking space has been concluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Pampus, Florian Raisch, Albrecht Irion, Marcus Schneider
  • Patent number: 8665080
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driving assistance apparatus for assisting a driving operation by outputting a reverse sound at the time of a reversing maneuver of a vehicle. The apparatus includes an information acquisition unit for acquiring driving assistance information including a vehicle condition and a vehicle surrounding condition, a reverse sound management unit for managing reverse sounds belonging in a musical scale including the reverse sound as the tonic note thereof as musical scale reverse sounds, an output reverse sound determination unit for determining a sequence of musical scale in the form of temporal sequence corresponding to the driving assistance information, and a reverse sound output control unit configured to select from the reverse sounds managed by the reverse sound management unit and output to a speaker reverse sounds suitable for the sequence of the musical scale determined by the reverse sound determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noboru Nagamine, Kazuya Watanabe, Koichiro Honda
  • Publication number: 20130335212
    Abstract: A vehicle turn signaling apparatus includes a light source that is powered by a turn signal circuit of the vehicle. The light source is configured to project a low divergence visible line onto a driving lane adjacent to the vehicle in response to activation of the turn signal circuit to visibly warn other drivers where a driver of the vehicle may intend to move the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Kory Patrick Purks, Bryce Benjamin Purks, Connor Kent Purks
  • Patent number: 8610595
    Abstract: The vehicle U-turn safety alert system is a system for alerting a driver of a vehicle whether it is safe or unsafe to make a U-turn driving maneuver. The system incorporates an electronic system that measures the distance away and speed of an approaching vehicle. The system functions to calculate the time it would take for the approaching vehicle to reach the turning vehicle and displays this time as a digital readout. Visual and audible alerts inform the driver as to whether the U-turn maneuver can be safely accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Salmaan F. F. M. S. Aleteeby
  • Patent number: 8560157
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for automated control of a moving vehicle. An alarm condition is detected, and in response to the alarm condition, the current radius of curvature of the vehicle is maintained. The radius of curvature may be calculated by using data received from sensors. The alarm condition may be a result of the vehicle becoming unstable or the automated navigation system malfunctioning. In response to operator control input, the vehicle is placed into a manual control state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon Joseph Brabec
  • Patent number: 8519840
    Abstract: A vehicle U-turn signal indicating system for identifying abrupt vehicle preferably includes a plurality of U-turn signal lights adapted to positioned on an exterior surface of a vehicle, a steering wheel having a U-turn signal activator pivotally coupled thereto, and an electronic switch relay electrically coupled to the U-turn signal activator and the U-turn signal lights. Advantageously, the U-turn signal activator is selectively displaced between first and second positions in such a manner that the electronic switch relay selectively toggles the U-turn signal lights between illuminated and non-illuminated modes respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Banks
  • Patent number: 8514064
    Abstract: A door mirror has a turn lamp that can be mounted easily and without an increased size. The turn lamp (2) has a housing (3) and an outer lens (4) that are formed by molding. A light emitting diode (6) is mounted in the housing (3), and the outer lens (4) covers the housing (3). The housing (3) and the outer lens (4) are integrated by a joint (7) produced by injection molding and placed at a butt section at which the housing (3) and the outer lens (4) are butted together. Steps (7c, 7d) are formed at the butt section integrated by the joint (7) of the turn lamp (2), and a lower end edge section (1c) and a left end edge section (1e) that form an opening (1b) of a body (1) of the door mirror (DM) are butted to the steps (7c, 7d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Fukasawa, Yasushi Kawaji, Hitoshi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 8482398
    Abstract: An electronic control circuit controls a vehicle's lamp to selectively operate as a turning signal, emergency signal, or vehicle running lamp. Notably, the circuit permits the lamp to operate as an emergency signal lamp even when the vehicle is off. The circuit includes a supply circuit, a control circuit, and a disrupt circuit. The supply circuit supplies voltage to the lamp if either or both of a vehicle running signal and a flash signal have a first input value. Meanwhile, the control circuit generates a control signal having a first control value if the vehicle running signal and the flash signal have different values, and a second control value if the signals have the same value. The disrupt circuit then connects the lamp to ground if the control signal has the first control value, but disrupts that connection if the control signal has the second control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Custom Dynamics LLC
    Inventors: Dave Pribula, Evan J. Calarco, Vincent Forte, Frank Santostefano
  • Patent number: 8477025
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle, in particular a lorry or bus, provided with a device for issuing, in the event of the vehicle turning off, an acoustic warning signal in the direction of a warning region next to the vehicle, comprising: —at least one sound source for generating an acoustic warning signal; —at least one sound director, which is connected to the sound source, for sending the acoustic warning signal to the warning region in substantially one or more preferred directions with respect to the vehicle and attenuating the acoustic warning signal outside the warning region in the remaining directions with respect to the vehicle, —control means for switching on the sound source when the vehicle turns off or is about to turn off; wherein the sound director has at least one outlet which is formed at a distance from the vehicle wall such that the warning signal is amplified in the one or more preferred directions as a result of interference as a consequence of reflection against the vehicle wal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Lichtveld Buis & Partners B.V., Lisa 2 Alert B.V.
    Inventors: Theodorus Bernardus Jozef Campmans, Robert Karel Gerard van de Moosdijk
  • Publication number: 20130127612
    Abstract: In a method of operating a turn signal lighting system, in a flashing cycle a first group of a plurality of LED groups arranged in a row is initially activated, with each of the LED groups including at least one light emitting diode. Thereafter, the other groups of the plurality of LED groups are successively activated until the plurality of LED groups are all in an ON state. The plurality of LED groups is then maintained in the ON state for a predetermined time period before being deactivated. The overall time period from activating the first group of the plurality of LED groups up until reaching the ON state of the plurality of LED groups ranges hereby from 100 ms to 200 ms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventor: AUDI AG
  • Patent number: 8433478
    Abstract: Generally, the toe angle target speed limiting unit (84A) adds a toe angle target value ?T2P subjected to the primary delay to the result of a min-max processing the tracking error ??T1A by an adder (58A) to output it as a toe angle target value ?T2A to a target current calculating unit (86). However, in this toe angle target speed limiting unit (84A), a switching control (steering direction change control) for generating a maximum value ??Tmax as the toe angle target change quantity ??T2 and a hold control are made when a neutral position of the toe angle target value ?T2A which is prior to the toe angle command value ?T1 which is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sasaki, Takamichi Hinohara, Yutaka Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 8378802
    Abstract: The invention describes a rear view mirror including a reflective element in a cavity of a mirror housing with a mirror head and a mirror base. An indicator light for indicating situation information to a vehicle driver is installed, wherein the indicator light includes light sources and an optical element that allows the light to shine through. The indicator light has a split printed circuit board to support at least two light source elements and a light guide wherein the light emitted from the light sources is coupled into the end faces of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Hyok Joo Hwang
  • Patent number: 8378805
    Abstract: An automatic signaling system for a vehicle having a turn signal light, includes a sensor configured for sensing at least a portion of a lane, and a processor coupled to the sensor, wherein the processor is configured to activate the turn signal light of the vehicle based at least on a signal received from the sensor. A method for activating a turn signal light of a vehicle includes sensing at least a portion of a lane in which the vehicle is traveling, and automatically activating a turn signal light of the vehicle based at least on the sensed portion of the lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Anita Au, Gerald Chan
  • Patent number: 8315765
    Abstract: In a method for reducing the rollover risk in vehicles, at least one state variable which characterizes the transverse dynamics of the vehicle is ascertained and is used as the basis for an intervention into the steering system and the braking system which stabilizes the vehicle. A multivariable control is carried out in which two control loops are superimposed, the first control loop being based on control of the yaw rate and the second control loop being based on control of the transverse acceleration. The steering system as well as the braking system may be adjusted via the first and second control loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Gerdes, Frank Niewels, Sylvia Futterer, Peter Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8296015
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of determining a straight-driving state or a turning state of a moving object using an acceleration sensor are provided. The method of determining a turning state using a sensor includes: reading sensor output signals of different axes from an acceleration sensor while a moving object is being driven wherein the acceleration sensor is an at least two axes acceleration sensor and detects an acceleration of the moving object; and comparing the read sensor output signals of the different axes and determining whether the moving object is in a straight-driving state or in a turning state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Thinkware Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Kwon Soo Lee, Yong Kwan Park
  • Publication number: 20120242479
    Abstract: An automatic vehicle left or right turn signaling device utilizes a vehicle mount traffic lane detection sensor(s), the vehicle mount traffic lane detection sensor(s) in response to detecting traffic lane presence near proximity of a vehicle, the vehicle signaling device automatically activates the vehicle left or right turn signal lights to warn other vehicle drivers that the particular vehicle moving towards near proximity of a next traffic lane. The vehicle signaling device may be connected to a GPS navigation device. The navigation device based on given route information provides signals to vehicle mount traffic signaling device to automatically flash the vehicle left or right turn signal lights based on received GPS navigation given instructions prior to or during the driver making a left or right lane change, making a left or right turn, or a U turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Ohanes D. Ghazarian, William Lee Eaves
  • Publication number: 20120229268
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a vehicle. The method comprises activating a direction indicator on a vehicle responsive to receiving a user activation input and determining when the vehicle has completed a direction changing maneuver (e.g., lane change or turn). Thereafter, the direction indicator is automatically deactivated responsive to determining that the maneuver has been completed. The system comprises a user activation device and a processor configured to activate one or more of a plurality of vehicular direction indicators responsive to a user activation signal. The processor is also coupled to a plurality of vehicle sensors providing movement data related to the vehicle to the processor. By processing the movement data, the processor automatically deactivates the vehicle direction indicators upon determination that the vehicle has completed a maneuver (e.g., lane change or turn).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Albert H. Butlin, JR., James I. Holcomb, JR., Ryan D. Funk
  • Patent number: 8242898
    Abstract: A turn signal illumination controller monitors the lateral movement distance of a vehicle from when a turn switch lever is operated so as to illuminate a turn signal indicator. When the lateral movement distance is greater than or equal to a threshold value indicating completion of lane changing, the turn signal illumination controller cancels the turn signal indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Takashi Ieda, Takao Imai, Kozo Nishimura, Syogo Yamaguchi, Takahiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8198996
    Abstract: The present provides a system which integrates motor vehicle turn signal operation into actuators located in the rim of a motor vehicle steering wheel. The actuators of the system of the present invention, one for controlling the right-hand turn signal and one for controlling the left-hand turn signal, are located in an arc segment of the steering wheel defined by the three o'clock and 12 o'clock positions for the right-hand actuator and the nine o'clock and 12 o'clock positions for the left-hand actuator. The actuators may operate in parallel with a conventional stalk switch and only turn on the respective turn signal lights when activated and subsequently depressed. The turn signal lights turn off when the actuators are released. The integrated turn signal system of the present invention further provides for turn signal operation which does not require a driver to remove his or her hands from the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Adam Simon Golomb
  • Patent number: 8193928
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling visible and audible warning signals, particularly signals from light bars, traffic director lighting, and siren and public address outputs for police and emergency vehicle applications, is provided in a single unit. Mounted in a chassis of the unit in layered relationship are a siren board and a relay board. The siren board contains amplifier and associated circuitry for generating and amplifying siren signals, and for providing microphone signals and signals from a 2-way radio of the vehicle, to a speaker which projects these audible signals for warning of and controlling emergency conditions. The relay board contains circuitry for switching power from the vehicle battery to the traffic director lighting and warning lighting (as may be provided by light bars) mounted on or in the vehicle. A microcontroller switches the lighting to the selected lighting units via relays on the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Star Headlight & Lantern Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Cronmiller, Oriana J. Starr
  • Patent number: 8164430
    Abstract: A vehicle surrounding recognition support system for a vehicle includes a contact detection device detecting whether or not a driver of the vehicle touches a turn signal operating lever or moves his/her hand close to the turn signal operating lever, an object position detecting device detecting a position of an object existing around the vehicle, an object information identification device identifying information relating to the object in accordance with a result of detection of the object position detecting device, and a warning device warning the driver about the existence of the object in accordance with the information of the object, identified by the object information identification device, when the contact detection device detects that the driver touches the turn signal operating lever or moves his/her hand close to the turn signal operating lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noboru Nagamine, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8155840
    Abstract: A steering angle sensor and a vehicle system having the sensor are disclosed. The steering angle sensor for mounting on a vehicle comprises a main gear coupled to and rotated with a steering column; a first auxiliary gear and a second auxiliary gear meshed with the main gear, respectively; angular detection means mounted adjacent to the first and the second auxiliary gears respectively for generating electric signals in concert with rotations of the first and the second auxiliary gears; and a calculation/control module for calculating steering angles from the electric signals generated by the angular detection means, determining a duty ratio corresponding to the steering angle and generating a rough gain pulse width modulation signal and a fine gain pulse width modulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Chae-soo Kim